Message from the 2024 Technical Programme Chair

Biomass: answers for the green transition

Nicolae Scarlat
European Commission, Joint Research Centre
EUBCE Technical Programme Chair

Dear Member of Biomass Community,

I am pleased to to invite you to the 32nd edition of the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, EUBCE 2024, in Marseille, France, between 22nd and 27th June 2024. The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre continues to provide scientific support to this event and its scientific programme coordination.
Under the European Green Deal, renewable energy is a central pillar of the clean energy transition. The European Union is already a global leader on renewables when it comes to technology development and deployment. Toward the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, three important steps forward have been made recently through the adoption of the revised Renewable Energy Directive, the ReFuelEU Aviation Regulation and the FuelEU Maritime Regulation, putting EU on track to achieve the 2050 goals. With the adoption of these legal acts, the EU now has legally binding climate targets covering all key sectors of the economy.

As we phase out fossil fuels, biomass will also have a role to play in the decarbonisation of the economy. Solutions are available for biomass to produce energy, sustainable fuels and biobased materials and chemicals. Industry reports that several technologies have reached maturity and are ready to prove commercial viability. 

EUBCE will provide again the occasion to show now the best solutions that can contribute to our societal needs and address the major challenges.

The 2024 programme is structured in horizontal themes dealing with resources; sustainability, impacts and policies and biomass integration, as well as vertical themes addressing technologies for biomass conversion to bioenergy, sustainable biofuels; and biobased products and chemicals. EUBCE hosts a variety of Plenary, Oral, Visual Presentation Sessions and Parallel Events and Industry Sessions, designed to give a holistic overview on international developments from all dimensions. As usual, scientific work will receive recognition through the Linneborn Prize, as well as the excellence in biomass industrial deployment through Giuliano Grassi Prize and young scientists for exceptional work.
We aim to further increase the number of conference papers that may be put forward for publication in special issues of peer-reviewed journals. We continue with the agreements in place to facilitate publishing a selection of our best papers in special issues in Energy Sustainability, Biomass and Bioenergy and BioFPR- Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining.

We encourage you all, working in the broad range of fields covered by our technical programme from all around the globe, to be part of this Conference and take advantage of this truly global setting in Marseille. Your work is absolutely important to help Europe and the world to achieve climate-neutrality in the long-term, while respecting the principles of environmental, social and economic sustainability in the widest sense.

Join us in Marseille at EUBCE 2024!